Nose Piercing Scar: 3 Types & Treatment

What are Nose Piercing Scar?

Nose piercings are one of those piercings that tend to leave scars. Piercing has become a very common trend, especially among young people. Piercing is a small wound that is intentionally inflicted to allow you to wear jewelry on your skin. Normally, your skin heals by making collagen to repair the skin and sometimes in the process, leaves a scar. 

Read on to find out all you need to know about nose piercing scars.


Nose piercing is the piercing of the skin or cartilage which forms any part of the nose, usually to wear jewelry. Like any other type of piercing, a nose piercing will inflict mild pain and a little discomfort, it is however the mildest painful piercing and healing takes a minimum of 4 months. 

A lot of care is taken to give a nose piercing. Your nose is in what doctors call the danger triangle of the face. The veins between your eyebrows and upper lip are connected to your sinus cavity and any injury on this area of your face could cause a serious infection.


There is more than one type of nose piercing, the common ones being:

Septum piercing- Bridge piercing- Nostril piercing- Multiple piercing


Septum piercing is one of the most popular types of piercing among both males and females. The piercing goes through the thin membrane in the middle of your nose.


It is also known as an Erl. It is a bold piercing unlike the septum, it sits on the bridge of your nose between your eyes. This piercing does not pass through any cartilage or bone, and since it is a surface piercing it can easily move from its original placement and if not taken care of, might leave a scar, so you will want to tell your piercer to remove the jewelry so the hole can close.


This is the traditional nose piercing you know. It is the easiest type of piercing and allows for a variety of jewelry styles. This piercing is done by creating a single hole on either side of the nose.


Like the name, 3 piercings are done on the nose. Could be on one side or both sides of your nose. The placement is up to you. 


Nose piercing scars are often caused by infection or irritation at the site of your piercing.
Normally, you shouldn’t have a scar around your nose piercing but some people are prone to scarring, especially if the piercing passes through their bones or cartilage. 

Nose piercing scars are not different from your normal bodily scars which appear when there is an injury or any form of irritation. They often appear too small and sometimes may even be unnoticeable, unless you do something to irritate the scar, like always picking the scab, then it might lead to an infection of the scar.


Let’s look at the type of scars that can appear if you have a nose piercing:

1) COMMON SCARS: Common scars are the usual type of scars that appear after removing a nose piercing and letting the hole grow back. They are flat and easily blend with your natural skin colour. It is long-lasting, but over time, it can fade away.

2) KELOID SCARS: This scar appears when your body produces excess collagen. They look like bumps that grow around injured tissues, may appear pink, purple, red, or brown.
Keloid scars can cause pain and itchiness. They are long-lasting and over time, may begin to appear darker.

3) HYPERTROPHIC SCAR: These are usually seen in new piercings. They are raised 4mm above the surrounding of the skin, they can flatten and shrink.

Hypertrophic scars are either by:

– Physical Trauma: Such as inflammation or infection, which occurs as a result of persistently touching your piercing while it is healing or due to the wrong placement of the piercing.
– Chemical Irritation: Chemicals like your cosmetics, when they come in contact with your piercing, while it is still healing, can irritate the skin. 
Hypertrophic scars are really nothing to worry about as they are harmless.


Treating nose piercing scars carries depending on what type of scar you are treating;
a) Keloid scars: There are several ways keloid scars can be treated to minimize their appearance.
Such treatments include cryotherapy, steroid injection, and laser surgery. There is also a keloid cream that could work.
b) Common scars: Getting rid of common scars involves removing the jewelry and waiting for the scar to fade over time. You could speed up the process by using oil to massage the area.
c) Hypertrophic scars: Treating this type of scar required your discipline. You have to keep your piercing clean and avoid always moving the jewelry.


Nose piercing has progressed rapidly into fashion, it is done by both men and women. Before getting a nose piercing you should make sure your piercer is a professional so you won’t have to suffer any form of complications.

Some piercer advises that you twist the jewelry in the new operating while it is healing. This is wrong because obstructing the healing process can result in scarring.

Nose piercing scar can sometimes fade away over time, while some may be long-lasting. You will want to develop some discipline and good hygiene of not picking on the scab, touching the scar area, keeping your jewelry in saline water, and making sure the area does not come in contact with any harsh chemical.

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